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Stolen Gear – Adelaide, SA

3 Jul 2013

Lisa Lane-Collins, freelance sound engineer and sole trader in Adelaide, has had her JBL rig and Pioneer DJ gear stolen from the Producers Hotel in Grenfell St, Adelaide. The thief absconded with the gear in early June, as it sat in the venue on hire. We don’t need to tell you how devastating this is…

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ULA Group supplies Robe to Microhire

3 Jul 2013

ULA Group has won the contract to supply the latest Robe LED lighting technology to Microhire QLD to be used as the in house lighting inventory at the Royal International Convention Centre (RICC) in Brisbane. After tight negotiations and evaluation of all major products in the market, Microhire decided to make their investment in the…

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Videocraft builds full video production facility at Hillsong’s new Alexandria Campus

3 Jul 2013

With Hillsong Waterloo bursting at the seams, the church recently completed the conversion of a warehouse in Doody St, Alexandria into their newest campus.  With extensive video requirements needed for their AV–heavy services, Videocraft responded to the Request For Tender and got the gig. Hillsong TV Technical Manager Luke Irvine explained  their requirements; “The system…

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Amber Technology picks up Niveo and Middle Atlantic

3 Jul 2013

Amber Technology have added two new brands to their distribution portfolio – Niveo Professional computer networking products and Middle Atlantic racks, enclosures and consoles. Both acquisitions extend Amber’s offering to the commercial and custom AV installation market. Niveo Professional offer a range of high quality computer networking products including routers, switchers, network-attached storage and UPS’s. …

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Stuart Craig joins Crestron, Hills farewells Don McConnell

1 Jul 2013

Former Hills SVL Manager Stuart Craig has been hired by Crestron International in a senior role that gives oversight to sales in Australia. Ironically he will now supervise the activities of his former firm, Hills SVL. This puts Crestron directly into the drivers seat, since Craig was instrumental in the brand’s success at Audio Telex,…

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Vale Mark Fisher, LD

26 Jun 2013

                                        Lighting Designer Mark Fisher passed away early this week. He was one of the top practitioners in the touring world. TPI Magazine said this: “Mark Fisher — a name synonymous with the evolution of live…

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Staging Connections swap debt for shares

25 Jun 2013

At presstime Staging Connections Group shareholders were expected to approve issue of up to 49% of the firm’s shares to its bank, NAB. In exchange for the shares the NAB will forgive $20 million in debt, which will reduce total bank debt from $70 million to $50 million. The move values the entire firm at…

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Copy Vertec PA for Car Dealer

25 Jun 2013

Audio and Lighting equipment from China and elsewhere that looks very similar to established brands is nothing new. So at first glance the 8 drop of PA each side at The Kite Festival in Redcliffe (Qld) looked like a regular JBL Vertec. But it was badged CVR – and it sounded different to Vertec. CX…

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Orlando where the Oranges are fakes

13 Jun 2013

As enticing as a vividly coloured firm and perfectly round Florida orange, the jumbo shrimps hung clustered around the cocktail glass. Both disappoint when required to taste like they look. The Shrimps probably had provenance in some turgid pond of steroids in a nearby third world slaveyard. The grinning server had an air of desperation…

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Avid ProTools 11 and S3L mixing System Australian Launch tour

13 Jun 2013

Join Avid® at a venue near you and discover how its latest pro audio and live sound solutions can help you take your productions to a whole new level. Register here! Melbourne: June 25, 3RRR Sydney: June 26 Studios 301 Brisbane: June 27 SAE Institute Adelaide: July 9 John Reynolds Music City Perth: July 11…

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New York and the 911 memorial

12 Jun 2013

When the twin towers crashed to ground New Yorker’s ran frantically away, and then gathered in Union Square with blank faces. A vigil was maintained, flowers and pictures of the missing. The smell from the fire that burned a month ebbed through the city and many wore masks. ‘A lady who survived Auschwitz said she…

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‘The Maj’ Theatre in Perth Installs All-Digital Riedel Intercom System

12 Jun 2013

His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth has installed a Riedel digital intercom system. The Riedel solution prepares the facility for the Digital Dividend, with the first spectrum auction having concluded. The new all-digital intercom system at “The Maj” is centrally controlled by a Riedel Artist 32 digital intercom matrix. The theatre has replaced its traditional analogue…

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